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OpenLearn Live: 21st November 2016

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Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Nov 2016
Are we enjoying a wet autumn, or a soggy fall? Plus, NASA's new weather satelitte, patent boxes and champagne science. Learning and research from...

OpenLearn Live: 16th November 2016

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Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Nov 2016
Where Doctors once acted, now real doctors perform - a trip to Pebble Mill. Do apps update too often? And post-truth: word of the year. ...

Stories from Vienna: 6 key figures

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Nov 2016
Read the stories of some of Vienna’s people who are commemorated in place names around the city.

OpenLearn Live: 15th November 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Nov 2016
Birmingham: Home of the photocopier; European names for the platypus; and the point of art. Learning and research from across the day.

Vienna: Empire, Dynasty and Dream

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Updated 15 Nov 2016
Simon Sebag Montefiore tells the story of how the Habsburg family transformed Vienna into the capital that it is today, during a dynasty era...

Why is it dangerous when Trump sees people as objects?

Why is it dangerous when Trump sees people as objects? Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Oct 2016
Donald Trump has a habit, argues Jennifer Mercieca, of dehumanizing those he disagrees with - and that's dangerous.

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English: skills for learning

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Oct 2016
English: skills for learning, is a free course for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the...

German: Regionen, Traditionen und Geschichte

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Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 25 Aug 2016
If you already have a good working knowledge of the German language, this free course, German: Regionen, Traditionen und Geschichte, will help to...

Intermediate Italian: describing people

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
This free course, Intermediate Italian: describing people, requires some basic knowledge of Italian. It focuses on describing both physical...

Grammar matters

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Grammar matters
Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
Grammar matters because, combined with vocabulary choice, it is our main way of making meaning. This free course introduces you to one approach...

Language and creativity

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Language and creativity
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
This free course is an introduction to the relationship between language and creativity, to the roles that linguistic creativity plays in culture...

Croeso: Beginners' Welsh

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 17 Aug 2016
This free course, Croeso: Beginners' Welsh, is taken from Croeso, a beginners' language module that concentrates on Welsh as a tool for...

Finding Information in Modern Languages

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Finding Information in Modern Languages Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
This free course, Finding Information in Modern Languages, will help you to identify and use information in Modern Languages, whether for your work...

Paraphrasing text

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 15 Aug 2016
In this free course, Paraphrasing text, you will focus on the process of turning what you are reading into 'your own words', which is an essential...

Beginners' Chinese

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Beginners' Chinese
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 01 Aug 2016
Learn about Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication and gain insights into Chinese society and culture. This free course, Beginners’ Chinese,...

Exploring languages and cultures

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Exploring languages and cultures
Introductory level Duration 14 hours Updated 07 Jun 2016
Explore the multiple relationships between languages and cultures. In this free course you will learn about the benefits and challenges of meeting...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of debate and analysis while developing your cultural literacy. It...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

BA (Honours) English Language and Literature

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BA (Honours) English Language and Literature Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English language and literature. You’ll have the opportunity to...

BA (Honours) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

BA (Honours) Language Studies

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BA (Honours) Language Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
Learning a language and about how languages work, including the English language, opens doors to other cultures and communities, giving you an...

Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Dec 2016
The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the competencies needed to communicate and interact in a range of...